How to become the Wizard of Oz in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create the Wizard of Oz in Photoshop and our children will help us with this.

So let’s get started!

The final result:

1. We select Resources

The throne room of the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz in the film was visually original. In the background hung a curtain, there was some kind of construction of a throne or altar, smoke and fire spread throughout the room, and of course a giant green head hovering in the air!

Step 1

Download the source materials from the link at the beginning of this lesson. At the link you will find the images we use to create the throne room:

  • Image of Capella
  • Scene
  • Smoke
  • Fire Texture (taken from my collection)

Step 2

Do you remember the huge disembodied head of the Wizard when you first saw the Wizard of Oz? It was scary and frightening! And, of course, he did not smile.

Therefore, tell your child what poses to take during a photo shoot, and also ask the child to express negative emotions. Let him try to express contempt, disgust, or try to irritate him to get interesting emotions.

2. Set the stage

Before our little helper plunge into the wonderful world of Photoshop,

let’s first create the throne room.

Step 1

Open the original image with the scene. This image is attached to the archive, which can be downloaded from the link at the beginning of this lesson, the file name is antique-2896_1920.jpg. We need to change the color to green, so add a correction layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), in the settings window put a tick in the box Toning (colorize). Set the value Color tone (Hue) at 122, Saturation (Saturation) at 32, and the value Brightness (Lightness) at -43.

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to give the scene a more dramatic look. In the settings window, set a curve resembling a figure S.

Step 3

Open the original image with Capella, file name is antique-2896_1920.jpg. Using tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L)), create a neat selection around the main image of the chapel. Next, go Editing – Copy (Edit> Copy (Ctrl + C)).

Step 4

We return to our working document to the image with a curtain, then we go Editing – Paste (Edit> Paste (Ctrl + V)) to paste the copied image of the chapel into the scene of the throne room. The image of the chapel is too big, so let’s go. Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform (Ctrl + T)), to reduce the image, to do this, pull the anchor points located along the contour of the transformation area.

Step 5

Capella looks too bright, so add a correction layer. Curves (Curves), convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask to the chapel layer, for this we go Layer – Create Clipping Mask (Layer> Create Clipping Mask (Alt + Ctrl + G)). To edit a curve, add an anchor point in the center of the curve, and then pull it down.

Step 6

The red tones of the chapel should be slightly muffled so that they are not so noticeable. Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), in the color tone selection window, set to Red (Red). Next, install Color tone (Hue) to +9, Saturation (Saturation) at -38, and Brightness (Lightness) at -40. Convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask to the last adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), then we go Layer – Create Clipping Mask (Layer> Create Clipping Mask (Alt + Ctrl + G))

Step 7

Open the Fire texture, move this texture to our working paper, placing it on top of all other layers. Next, apply scaling using Free transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T)), and also rotate the texture. Place the texture at the bottom of our scene. Change the blending mode for the Fire Texture layer to Linear clarifier (add) (Linear Dodge (Add)), and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 95%.

Step 8

Open an image with a Smoke texture, do the same, add a smoke texture to our working paper. Change the blending mode for the Smoke texture layer to Lightening (Screen) and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 64%.

Step 9

Duplicate the Smoke texture layer, go Layer – create duplicate layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer). Next, flip the duplicate layer horizontally, for this we go Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal), place the duplicate layer on the other side of the fire. Then we go Editing – Transformation – Deformation (Edit> Transform> Warp) to make the duplicate smoke texture layer a slightly different shape so that the reflection of the original layer is not so obvious.

Step 10

Before you pass the project into the hands of a junior assistant of our creative team, open the photo you chose together to use it in your project. Next, close any other documents that you have open, with the exception of the working paper with which we work.

3. Hello children!

First of all, thank you for participating! Did you have a chance to watch ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with your parents? It was probably their most favorite film when they were children. Your parents have already created a scene where we will add the great head of the Wizard of Oz hanging in the air! So let’s get started.

Step 1

You should see your photo in a program called Photoshop. The left side of the screen is located Toolbar (Tool Bar). In this toolbar, look for a brush with dots around the brush – this tool is called Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool (W)). Using this brush, paint over the image of the head to select it. You should see a contour line of blinking dots that show the selection area.

Step 2

At the top of the screen, look for a button. Refine edge (Refine Edge). Click this button and in the appeared window you will see a window with a lot of settings. Install Radius (Radius) by 3 px, value Smooth out (Smooth) at 15, Feathering (Feather) at 5 px, but Shift edge (Shift Edge) at -20%. At the end, click OK.

Step 3

We return to your photo, now we need to copy the selected area. Therefore, in the top menu bar, select Editing – Copy (Edit> Copy (Ctrl + C)).

Step 4

Look at the top of the screen and you will see tabs. These are tabs pointing to documents that are open in Photoshop. At the moment there should be only two tabs: your photo and a working paper with the scene of the throne room. Click on the tab of the working document to see this document.

Step 5

Next, go Editing – Paste (Edit> Paste (Ctrl + V)) to paste the selected image of the head on top of the scene with the throne room. If you pay attention to the layers panel, you can see the layer that appears with your image, which is called Layer 1 (Layer 1).

Step 6

There in the layers panel, right-click on the layer with your face and in the appeared window select the option Transform at smart-an object (Convert to Smart Object). A smart object makes working with a layer safe in case of image editing in a more creative manner.

Step 7

Go to the menu at the top of the screen and select Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform). You will see a square appear around your head. Clicking and pinching anchor points in the corners, shift them to zoom in on your face within the created scene, so that there is something similar, as you remember, to the glowing head of the Great Wizard!

Step 8

Do you remember how big was the head of the Wizard? We can make your head just as big! Let’s go Editing – Transformation – Deformation (Edit> Transform> Warp), so we will get more pivot points around your head. These points allow you to shift the corners and intermediate sections of the shape. Increase the upper part of the head very, very much, and reduce the neck.

Step 9

Now we add a mysterious emerald glow. Let’s go Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation (Ctrl + U)). When the settings window appears, check the box Toning (Colorize), and also set Color tone (Hue) at 120, Saturation (Saturation) at 70, and Brightness (Lightness) at -40. Click OK.

Step 10

Once again, we turn our attention to the layers panel and look for the settings window at the top of the panel, where it’s indicated Normal (Normal). This window includes Blending modes (Blending Mode). Change the blending mode to Light replacement (Lighten), so your face will look as if it is made of light, and you can see the smoke through it.

Step 11

Next, go Layer – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). You will not see any changes, but in the layers panel you will notice that a small white square appeared next to a small image of your face. This is a miniature layer mask. It will help us process the edges of the image around your head.

Step 12

Next, select the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)) using the toolbar on the left. Now right-click on the image and select a soft round brush in the settings window that appears. Make sure the brush color is set to black, and then start brushing hard edges around your hair and neck like an eraser, or paint over any other areas that need to be corrected.

Great job!

Great performance. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

4. Final Effects

So, our wizard is looking at us, now let’s add some subtle effects to our scene to complete the picture. We will work together on this part. If your child feels confident and can take further steps, then encourage him, let him continue the lesson, the only thing is, be ready to help him if he gets stuck!

Step 1

Create a new layer below the Fire texture layer to create a smoke effect. Choose a soft round brush with low opacity and set the color of the brush to gray in medium tones. Using the selected brush, add a slight haze to the texture of the smoke to enhance the texture of the smoke.

Step 2

Switch the brush color to black. Add a shading effect behind the image of fire to make the fire more pronounced. Be careful here – we just add contrast to the flame, not the shadows to the scene.

Step 3

Create another layer, select the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)), set the gradient color from foreground color to transparent, the gradient type Radial (Radial). While holding the (Alt) key, take a sample of an orange tint from the area of ​​fire. Next, pull the gradient from the bottom of the flame up. Change the blending mode for this layer with gradient to Lightening basics (Color Dodge), and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 60%.

And we have completed the lesson!

I ask everyone to welcome the newly crowned Great and Mighty Wizard of Oz! Just do not close the curtain!

What is your wizard?

I hope that you and your child got a lot of pleasure in the implementation of this project, just like me and my children.

The final result:

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